A dual-boot PC has 32GB of RAM, but the 32-bit Win10 partition sees only a paltry 1.6GB — far below the expected 4GB. Here’s why and a fix.
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Win10 PC has a ‘Hardware Reserved RAM” problem
Reader Alvin Davis’ wonders why his 32-bit version of Win10 sees only 1.6GB of memory — on a system with 16GB of installed RAM.
- “I have been a Windows Secrets subscriber for a number of years. I finally have a question that I’d like to ask.
“It’s about Win10 x32 assigning too much memory to ‘hardware reserved.’
“I built a computer system with a Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 motherboard, Intel 6700K processor, and MSI Geforce 1060 video card with 6GB of RAM. I also added 16GB (two 8GB sticks) of system memory.
“The machine is a dual-boot system; it’ll load 64-bit Win10 from a hard drive or 32-bit Win10 from an SSD.